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Everything posted by Selk

  1. I see the Oscars this way: You have to go year by year, each film won for reasons that came from that year alone. Maybe politics, maybe good campaigning, maybe artistic merit, but they all won the Oscar for reasons that were immediate to that time. Looking back over the years, the film will probably lose something as trends grow, technology changes, attitudes turn and the film may not be the time capsule it should be. I can complain that It's a Wonderful Life or Singin' in the Rain didn't win the Oscar for Best Picture but in 1946 and 1952 these films weren't major hits, they became clas
  2. Make sure you get the 10 Anniversary edition that goes through 1994. That's the one with the blue cover. Then there's an addendum edition, "Inside Oscar 2", which goes from 1995 through 2000.
  3. See those are the kinds of stories I like, "Inside Oscar" has tons of those. Like this little nugget of Oscar history from 1937: Alice Brady was not able to attend The 10 Annual Academy Awards in which she won Best Supporting Actress for In Old Chicago (1937). During the ceremony an unidentified man walked up to the podium and accepted the award on her behalf. When she called The Academy to say that she had not received her Oscar, it was revealed that the man was had been an impostor who had crashed the party, accepted her award and walked off with it. Brady passed away before the acad
  4. This is the only book about the Academy Awards that gives a thorough history. Every other book becomes dated within six months and until about six years ago they were good about keeping it updated. Was Plazza's book like that?
  5. Did anyone ever read "Inside Oscar", the great book by Mason Wiley and Damien Bona about the history of the academy awards?
  6. I just saw a great one, Scarlet Street, directed by Fritz Lang and written by Dudley Nichols. It stars Edward G. Robinson in a very good performance as a milquetoast who falls in love with the wrong girl (wonderfully played by Joan Bennett). She dupes him into painting her picture and then sells it under his nose but the results are . . . well if you know noir.
  7. Yeah but the music was great. That year I would have picked Far From Heaven
  8. You know, it's funny. I found that I only agreed with the academy six times for Best Picture. I think in 80 years that had to get it right sooner or later.
  9. Personal opinon. If I picked the Best Picture Winners this would be it. I am not swayed by popular opinion, these are the films I would have chosen for every year. 1927-28 They Picked: Wings I would have Picked: Metropolis 1928-29 They Picked: The Broadway Melody I would have Picked: The Wind 1929-30 They Picked: All Quiet on the Western Front I agree 1930-31 They Picked: Cimarron I would have Picked: City Lights 1931-32 They Picked: Grand Hotel I would have Picked: Scarface: Shame of a Nation 1932-33 They Picked: Cavalcade I would have Picked: King Ko
  10. 1967 They Picked: In the Heat of the Night I would have Picked: Bonnie and Clyde 1968 They Picked: Oliver! I would have Picked: 2001: A Space Odyssey 1969 They Picked: Midnight Cowboy I would have Picked: Easy Rider 1970 They Picked: Patton I would have Picked: MASH 1971 They Picked: The French Connection I would have Picked: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 1972 They Picked: The Godfather I agree 1973 They Picked: The Sting I would have Picked: American Graffiti 1974 They Picked: The Godfather Part II I would have Picked: Chinatown
  11. Who is the mechanical eye SELK... I have no idea what you're talking about.
  12. The Soviet Union and Communist Bloc nations endured quite nicely for another thirty-seven years after SINGIN' IN THE RAIN came out. The idea that that film, or any American movies, "turned people away from Communism" is ludicrous, especially since most American films were never released in the U.S.S.R. and Eastern Europe. Those Western European countries with strong Communist parties, like France and Italy, were distinctly un-aligned with Moscow, anyway, so the influence of U.S. culture in keeping them from drifting eastward was limited, to say the least. *My parents and grandparents c
  13. Singin' in the Rain was only a minor success here in the states in it's initial release. DeMille's film won because a lot of academy members were either in it, worked on it or knew someone who worked on it. Greatest Show on Earth was a box office hit. Historical note: In 1952, while Joe McCarthy and his sycophants were looking for communist messages in American movies, we were shipping movies to Europe. Singin? in the Rain was a modest hit here in it?s initial release but in Europe it was seen as an mirror of the American Dream. Those people assumed that we all drove cars, owned televisi
  14. I would like to see No Country for Old Men - I heard it was a good movie. Actually it is a very good movie. But the ending is kind of a question mark.
  15. Chariots of Fire, Shakespeare in Love and Million Dollar Baby are also high on my list of duds. Hated the first, disagreed with the acadent about the second, loved the third.
  16. I liked *No Country for Old Men* but I had an issue with the ending. I liked *Annie Hall* but I wasn't too crazy about the more serious, sophisticated Woody Allen. I miss films like *Love and Death*.
  17. He agreed with the academy more than I would have and some of his choices were just bizarre (Wesley Snipes in New Jack City??) I hate that he never did an update. It's been 15 years since he wrote the book and it bothers me that he never followed it up.
  18. I'm starting to feel like I am the only one who ever read this book. In 1992 Danny Peary wrote "Alternate Oscars" in which he took an intelligent look at the academy's choices from 1927 - 1991 and offers his own choices for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress. Did anyone ever read this book?
  19. Chariots of Fire, Shakespeare in Love and Million Dollar Baby are also high on my list of duds. Chariots of fire - Would have picked Raiders Shakespeare in Love - Would have picked Saving Private Ryan Million Dollar Baby - Loved that film, good choice
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